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International Windship Association | November 15, 2018

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The Windship Project – Associate Member

The Windship Project – Associate Member

Windship Project’s main aim is to raise awareness and willingness of shipowners and others to exploit a windship. A windship is a freighter under sail alone built to minimise emission. In shipping a total transition is necessary if shipowners are willing to meet IMO requirements.

 

Windship Project

Windship Project’s main aim is to raise awareness and willingness of shipowners and others to exploit a windship. A windship is a freighter under sail alone built to minimise emission. In shipping a total transition is necessary if shipowners are willing to meet IMO requirements.

A windship’s main means of propulsion is the ocean wind. In calms, adverse wind conditions, narrow waterways or harbours or in cases of danger the windship will use engine power (biodiesel, elektricity). Windship Project developed seven different windship designs.

 

How can Windship Project’s aim be reached?

First , by enabling a shipowner, government or other interested party to launch a pilot ship. The idea is to evaluate the use of the windpilotship. What markets and itineraries are to be used? Are there any infrastructural problems in ports to be dealt with? The ship itself will also be evaluated in order to improve the design(s) within a certain market.

Secondly, seven separate types of windships have been designed varying from 35 tot 115 meters. Once a shipowner decides for which types of cargo, for instance Fairtrade products, or in which weather routing he will use sailing ships, the most suitable windship will be decided.

If a shipowner realizes windships can be especially useful for emission reduction and economics (WIND IS FREE), the Windschip Project can provide a lucrative alternative.

 

What ways does Windschip Project use to reach this aim?

Shipowners may browse a brochure to examine separate designs of windships. Leaflets of each windship are available to provide more detailed information. If still interested, they can buy a file of the windahip in question.

Each file contains:

  1. hull lines,
  2. sail plan,
  3. general plan,
  4. deck plan,
  5. loading plan,
  6. technical data,
  7. Ron’s Rig, technical description of the rigging,
  8. adapted polar diagram
  9. suggested itinerary.

If a shipowner wishes to dig even further, he may obtain files for a naval architect to elaborate, in order to actually build the vessel.

There are two categories of these files:

  1. Design-files. Hull and rigging, made in design program Rhino.
  2. CFD-files, including an OpenFoam manual for naval architects.

The CFD-files contain simulation files of windtunnel and hull testing tank tests plus Excel formulas necessary to carry out the simulations.

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